Post # 1
So, I have this amazing wooden hutch my mom gave me for our wedding gift, it’s something my dad got her for their wedding and it means a lot to me that she is giving it to us. The problem though, is that this beautiful hutch is a very ugly green color. I really want to refinish it but have no experience at all, it can’t be that hard can it? So, for those of you talented ladies out there who refinish and re-do furniture, how can I repaint this hutch without ruining it and making it beautiful? I don’t have a sander so that’s not an option unless that’s my only option.
Do I use paint stripper? I hear that can eat away at the wood and that would really suck.
Or do I just use primer over it and then paint it some color?
I would love to just stain it a dark wood but I know I would need to sand or strip the paint first so i’m also thinking about colors I might like. Maybe a cute pop of color?
So, please, give me any and all ideas or advice. On how to refinish this hutch and what color I should make it! It kind of looks like this…kind of…
Post # 3
Sanding and staining furniture can be a b*tch. For some of our pieces, we used a combination of stripper and a sander. I think it depends on the wood and how many layers of color the furniture has.
I like stained furniture, but from your post, it seems like painting may be the way to go for you. Primer and paint should work well.
Post # 4
You have two options, strip it or paint it.
Stripping it would be a huge pain in the ass, to be totally honest. I’ve only ever stripped one piece of furniture, a coffee table, and it took hours. Something that big with so many corners/components… it would be an all-day process probably. That being said, it would be beautiful once it is done. The paint stripper DOES work and I don’t believe it should damage the wood if you do it right. And a beautifully stained piece of wood is always gorgeous and timeless.
Painting it is much easier, but it will still take a few steps. First, you do have to sand it. Sorry. You can buy a block sander for a few bucks and go that route, but it would be a lot faster to just get a hand sander. You can probably rent one from your local hardware store and if not, I think they’re like $30. You don’t need to sand the paint all the way off but you need to make sure everything is smooth, there is no flaking or cracking, and the whole surface is a little bit scuffed (it will help the paint hold better). Then use Zimmer primer (2 coats probably) and the wood paint of your choice.
Post # 5
I would probably paint it white, actually! I love white furniture!
Post # 6
You can rent hand sanders and other small tools at a lot of home repair stores, I think Ace rents them.
Post # 7
Okay so this could be a super stupid question but since I have no experience in this, how do I sand all the little nooks? Do I just use a strip of sand paper?
Post # 8
what do you want it to look like when it’s done? how will it match your room best? you need to answer that before deciding to paint or stain. they have 2 very different looks.
the pp are right about staining – stripping is a bitch but if you are patient and enjoy that sort of thing then go for it. buy some stripper and rent a sander.
even with painting it, you will need to sand it down a bit first before you prime it and then paint it.
the other option is to hire someone to do it for you. it won’t be cheap but it will look professional. you can always get some quotes.
good luck, i’m sure it will be beautiful when it’s done. the picture looks great.
Post # 9
You use the hand sander for the flat parts.. All the nooks and crannies you have to do by hand.
Post # 10
So if I use paint stripper, do I sand first? Or strip the paint first?
Post # 11
My dads a cabinet maker so I’m a professional sander… not by choice haha. Anyway make sure the sand paper you use has a pretty fine grit otherwise you’ll end up with scratches in the wood when you repaint it. Also make sure you sand with the grain of the wood, NEVER against it.
If you use stripper, you strip then sand.
Post # 12
@Aicyla22: Great, thanks. Do you know if using a stipper will be okay? Is there a better kind then others?
Post # 13
If you go to a hardware supply store they should be able to tell you what stripper would work best maybe even try to peel of some of the paint to show the person in the store, I’m not sure if oil based paints would require a different type of stripper, but I would imagine they would.
Using a stripper is a BITCH I have never done that myself, just sanding, but you should google best ways to use a stripper.
Personally I would just sand the whole thing down, either way its going to be a TON of work.
Post # 14
oh and if you need to sand in little corner, just wrap the piece of sand paper around something hard typically I use a mica sample or piece of wood, but anything could work, I wouldnt suggest wrapping you sandpapaer around a credit card, but if you had an old one, that was be just like wrapping it around a mica sample.
Post # 15
Since its already painted, I’d take the easy way out and prime and repaint it. Stripping it down to the bare wood may not give you what you think it will. It may be a piece that was made with mismatched or scrap wood and was always meant to be painted. You won’t know until you begin (and have to finish stripping), and then you’ll end up priming and painting it again anyway.
It happened to us when we stripped layers of white paint off our woodwork and door trim. It was pieced together with different shades of wood, so had to be repainted to look nice.
Post # 16
What about taking it to a professional furniture restorer/re-finisher? My mother-in-law does this all the time with estate pieces/random furniture she finds. I think it can be costly, but the place she uses does a beautiful job!